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Faculty Accounts of Teaching Geoscientific Thinking

These personal accounts were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Teaching Methods of Geoscience workshop in June 2012. Participants were asked to describe their insights into teaching the methods of geoscience based on their experience teaching the methods, research on teaching, or their geoscience research.


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Using models in geoscience
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Using models in geoscience Bob Mackay, Physics & Meteorology, Clark College and Washington State University My geoscience career started over 30 years ago in solid earth geophysics, has touched on physical ...

The development of my understanding of the methods of earth science
Jeff Thomas, Central Connecticut State University
The development of my understanding of the methods of earth science Jeff Thomas, Physics and Earth Science, Central Connecticut State University My first job after college was working for a small, private weather ...

Should we teach how to cope with uncertainty and incomplete data?
Scott Linneman, Western Washington University
Should we teach how to cope with uncertainty and incomplete data? Scott Linneman, Geology, Western Washington University For many years I have introduced plate tectonic concepts to students using the Discovering ...

Learning geoscience by talking and doing
Julie Stoughton, University of Nevada-Reno
Learning geoscience by talking and doing Julie Stoughton, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada-Reno I began my teaching career over twenty years ago as an outdoor educator at Yosemite ...

Geoscience fundamentals: teaching the methods and philosophies of science through writing
Barbara Bekken, Virginia Tech
Geoscience fundamentals: teaching the methods and philosophies of science through writing Barbara Bekken, Geosciences, Virginia Tech I am suspicious of faculty who, when they begin to converse on curricular ...

Educating pre-service teachers in geoscience methods
Kandi Wojtysiak, Rio Salado College
Educating pre-service teachers in geoscience methods Kandi Wojtysiak, Education, Rio Salado College Challenges of preparing teachers to teach science Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona promotes an innovative ...

Why I have my students explore methods of the geosciences
Paul Vincent, Valdosta State University
Why I have my students explore methods of the geosciences Paul Vincent, Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University Over the past several years I have taught a course that has the title: Tools ...

Learning geoscience by doing geoscience
Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University
Learning geoscience by doing geoscience Paul Kelso, Geology and Physics, Lake Superior State University As is the case with many faculty, my teaching methods and strategies have evolved over the years. I learned ...

Enjoy making observations and being frustrated? If you answered "yes", a career in geoscience is for you!
Becca Walker, Mt San Antonio College
Enjoy making observations and being frustrated? If you answered "yes", a career in geoscience is for you! Becca Walker, Earth Sciences and Astronomy, Mt. San Antonio College Geologists observe and ...

Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
Developing a hands-on approach to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting weather observations and climate data Cindy Shellito, Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado Meteorologists and climatologists ...


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